Starbucks wants to be crystal clear: Despite recent stories about their involvement in some sort of blockchain project, they are not going to be accepting bitcoin as a form of payment for coffee.
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Any random person on the street can tell you why Starbucks was a failure in Australia — we have taste buds. When we order a coffee, we expect a delicious long black or creamy latte... not a half-litre of flavoured swill. However, if you've ever wondered about the nitty-gritty of the chain's demise here, this seven-minute bit from CNBC serves as a great explainer.
It's one thing to wake up and discover that you missed the boat on a cryptocurrency boom that's making a handful of people very wealthy. It's another thing to find out that your computer is making someone else rich while it gives you poor performance and jacks up your electricity bill. With the spread of cryptojacking, that infuriating scenario is happening to more people.
Urban blight is nothing new. The signature image of plummeting real estate is block after block of properties vacated as businesses move out. Now the high price of real estate in American cities is creating a new phenomenon: In otherwise healthy economic areas, the rents are climbing so high they're driving businesses away -- and no other businesses can afford to move in.
Good passwords are obviously important for banking apps and sensitive email accounts, but a new scam highlights why you should never, ever use a crappy password, even if you're just signing up for a mediocre franchise coffee house rewards card. Starbucks app users are getting their bank accounts drained by password-guessing thieves.
Video: Baristas at Starbucks are widely known for being unable to spell names correctly. Why? Who knows. But New York City-based comedian Paul Gale has a funny theory about it.
As you may remember, yesterday, we put up a post poking fun at this then-stranger who had been photographed using a typewriter in Starbucks by one of his fellow students. Cries of rage soon followed from both sympathisers and opponents alike. This man's typewriter and our mocking tone struck a chord. For some of you, a very deep, perhaps-could-be-helped-with-therapy chord.
I love the alternate-reality logo work by svenska designern Viktor Hertz. After his first series, he's back with a new batch of Honest Logos, even better than the first. My favorites: Nokia, Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts.
You know that Starbuck's pay-it-forward idea hatched by Jonathan Stark? The one where you buy a coffee with a card and add money for the next person. Well, it may be a viral marketing campaign, not some feel-good social experiment.